History of Vaccines Blog


What Can We Do About Anti-Vaccine Misinformation?

February 16, 2019

In a recent interview for an online show, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked how he goes about debunking myths that are unscientific, like conspiracy theories and such. His answer was clear: he doesn’t debunk lies. As an educator, he says that his job is to establish a system of education that produces adults that do not fall for myths, lies and conspiracy theories.

Black History Month: Loney Clinton Gordon Contributes to the Development of the Vaccine Against Whooping Cough

February 10, 2019

Loney Clinton Gordon was born in Arkansas in 1915. After moving to Michigan as a young girl, Ms. Gordon attended Michigan State College and earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics and chemistry in 1939. In 1944, after a short stint trying to be a dietitian, Ms. Gordon found her place at the Michigan Department of Health’s Grand Rapids laboratory. A short time after that, she worked with Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering (two female doctors) at the Western Michigan Laboratories.

Measles Epidemic Continues and Grows in Washington State, New Cases in Houston Texas

February 6, 2019

The situation in Washington State is getting worse with respect to the measles outbreak that started there last December.

Black History Month: Onesimus Spreads Wisdom That Saves Lives of Bostonians During a Smallpox Epidemic

February 3, 2019

In the early 1700s, about a century before Edward Jenner conceived the idea of a smallpox vaccine based on the cowpox virus, smallpox was going through New England and other American Colonies. In Massachusetts, colonists there saw smallpox arrive with cargo ships to Boston over and over again. There was not much the authorities could do beyond imposing quarantines and treating the sick.

Vaccine News Roundup - February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019

“How Facebook and YouTube help spread anti-vaxxer propaganda” (The Guardian) [https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/feb/01/facebook-youtube-anti-vaccination-misinformation-social-media]